Burnham 2s entertained Somerton at the BASC on Saturday 14 Nov on a wet and windy November day;
Both teams observed a minutes silence as a sign of respect to the victims of the Paris Terrorist attacks before the game got under way.
From the  start it was obvious that  Somerton intended to  use their weight supremacy in the pack  to  dominate the  lighter Burnham pack and in the  initial  exchanges they were dominant; they  had camped into the  Burnham half  and were exerting considerable pressure on a Burnham pack that was trying to  come to  terms with the  opposition.
Some good work was being put in by the forwards mainly from Tom Wall and Tom Stevens and it was not long before good recycling produced good ball that  was fed out wide enabling Burnham to break into  the  Somerton half ; finished off by a try from Brandon Petit  on his debut  for the two’s. Try converted by Piper 10mins in ; Burnham ahead.
Somerton came back at Burnham with a consolidated thump. Clearly their intent was to get  on the  score board; by this  stage Burnham had sussed their strategy of pack domination to  enable the backs to  finish the job; what  they  did not vector in was the steadiness of the  young Burnham  side who were frustrating them with solid tackling and organised defence; it was from a breakdown that  a turnover started  a move up the left  side engineered by Ben Gibb and  finished off by Tim Piper; converted; 30 mins in Burnham 14 up. Burnham were looking very comfortable at this stage and seemed to coast up to  the end of the half; Somerton maintained pressure but could not break in to the home sides half.
Half time annualises was conducted and the official got the game underway; Burnham realised that  they  had to  bury  this  game early in this  half which would result in the opposition folding; with second half ten minutes old and with consolidated forwards pressure in the Somerton half Brandon Petit crossed the  line in the far corner try; unconverted the game plan was coming into force.
It was clear that the Burnham side had the edge especially on fitness which was now telling on the visitors who clearly just  did not have the legs and it was obvious that  the appetite for the  game was waning.
The spectators were about to be entertained by some very  alert flowing rugby as the  home side got into  their  stride a good chase and catch of the  full back in possession; resulted in the  forwards setting up a fine platform to drive over in the corner ,sadly unconverted. Again from the  kick off  Burnham took the  game right back into  Somertons half some fine carries by Ben Gibb enabled again a solid platform to  be  set up; Alex Watkins who had paired admirably with Tim Piper and controlled the backs with great  discipline; was committing backs to  engage at will; seeing an opportunity from a series of pick and go; moving in on the visitors line; Brandon Petit was set up and drove over the line to  add to  his tally; he repeated this again within fifteen minutes to confirm the result and claim the  bonus point.  A hat trick on his debut.
With the game drawing to a close it was Burnham who had the last word with Gibb crowning his  days work by a fine solo try converted by Piper.
Somerton had played well and never gave up; Burnham had been comfortable with their game plan and had retained a clean score list  due to some very  well organised defence; the pack had  assessed the  opponents capabilities well; and overcome; Cutter on the hook played well; Steven’s in the air was productive; the props were solid  Harding did not miss a tackle; Wall was the  pinnacle in the second row;
The backs had pace;imagination; and awareness the result was the try-fest they produced.
A very entertaining game; well done.
Next  outing is to  Cheddar Valley. Watch out for further details.


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